FAQ

Frequently asked questions

We have put together a list of commonly asked questions asked about our MDC camper trailers and caravans below. If you can’t find what you looking for here please feel free to contact our Team either via our online chat, or click here to contact us directly.

General

I'm not sure how part of my MDC works. Do you have instructions?

For comprehensive instruction on how to uses each part of your MDC camper or caravan, we provide manuals on every current model. Click here to download your models manual.

We also have a dedicated in-house produced video series called MDC Masterclass, covering everything from setting up and pack down instructions to hitching, from changing your wheel bearings to tuning your TV antenna. Click here for our full series.

How can I contact MDC?

Call us any time on our national service line 833-632-8721 and follow the prompts.

Where is my closest MDC dealer?

Click here to find your closest dealer.

Why buy an MDC USA?

There are many reasons why thousands of ordinary Australians have chosen to purchase a camper trailer from us. Click here to see just a few of them.

WARRANTY

How do I make a warranty claim?

Click here to complete our online claim form and a representative will be in contact with you within 48 hours.

I'm selling/buying an MDC USA as second hand, is the Warranty transferable?

All new vehicle warranties are only valid to the original purchaser and are not transferable, however, if you have any issue that you believe to be a manufacture or material defect please contact us for further information.

Is anything not covered?

Consumable items such as brake linings,
magnets, tyres, wheel alignment, bearings and bearing seals are not covered for
general wear and tear.

Any pre-installed appliances, such as refrigerators, Air Conditioners, battery chargers and stove-tops, may be subject to their own OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) warranty. If you are unsure, check your equipment manuals or contact us for further information.

What does the 12 month Manufacturers' Warranty cover?

All items are covered for manufacture and material defects.

What sort of warranty do I get with an MDC USA?

We offer comprehensive warranty on all models.

A 12-month Manufacturers’ Warranty on all Campers and Caravans sold as ‘New’ and a Lifetime Structural Warranty on the frame and chassis.

See our Warranty Terms and Conditions for more information.
Click here to view our warranty terms.

SERVICE & REPAIRS

I live in a rural/remote location, how do I get repairs and servicing done?

Although we have MDC showrooms capable of general repairs and servicing, we can’t be in every suburb and town, so you are welcome to nominate your own service providers, even for warranty work!

We do also keep a directory of recommended service providers that we know and trust, so if you are looking for a provider contact us for assistance.

Do Pop-Up Campers and Travel Trailers need regular servicing?

Like any road vehicle, campers and
caravans have a lot of moving parts. These parts can wear and even breakdown
after regular use. Key parts such as your running gear (suspension, wheels,
tyres, brakes) require regular upkeep and occasional replacement of consumable
parts (bearings, seals, brake magnets)

We also recommend other parts of your
MDC get regular maintenance checks to ensure proper and safe function of these
parts. Such as external seals for hatches, doors and windows. Plumbing and gas
fixtures and electrical connections and safety components.

All new MDC vehicles are supplied with a maintenance schedule found in your owner’s manual.

It’s also important to keep your
servicing up to date to protect your warranties.

SPARE PARTS

How do I find and order spare parts for MDC USA?

We strive to have the most complete parts catalogue
as possible to ensure you can always replace any part of your MDC that may need
it, or if you just after having some extras on hand for a big trip.

We have an online store you can view and order parts online and hassle free. Click here to visit the store.

Or if you would rather talk to someone about your parts needs you can contact us with an enquiry form (you can even upload picture of what you want). Click here to submit a Spare Parts enquiry.

TENT AND CANVAS

How do I stop mould from happening at all?

Mould growth can be easily avoided, simply remember the ABCD of mould prevention:

Air Dry – always air dry your tent in direct sunlight, never apply excessive heat to dry your tent.

Be Vigilant – always be on the look out for mould spores, even one spore can trigger an
infestation.

Cleanliness – keep your tent clean and dry. Dirt and mud can provide moisture for mould to
grow

Dehumidify - always use dehumidifiers or moisture absorber packs when storing your camper

HELP! My tent is covered in mould!

There are 3 easy steps you can do at
home to fight off and remove mould.

1. Dry your tent in direct sunlight, this will kill mould spores

2. Use a firm bristle brush to remove as much of the mould as possible

3. Use white vinegar and water with a damp cloth to remove mould stains. Ratio should be: 1-part vinegar to 5-10 parts water.

People always talk about seasoning and weathering their tent canvas. What does that mean?

After purchasing a new canvas product, be it a camper tent, awning or annex, it’s recommended to follow a process called “seasoning” or “weathering” before it’s taken out into the world for its first trip. During manufacture, the canvas is punctured 1000’s of times along the seams where various pieces are sewn together. This stitching leaves tiny pin holes which are prone to leaking the first few of times they are wet. Seasoning a new canvas eliminates this leaking by causing the canvas to expand and contract, in turn sealing up the holes. Seasoning is a very simple process done over a couple of days that, when done correctly, will prevent a damp and disappointing camping experience.

The procedure is as follows:

  1. 1. Set up the tent in its entirety on a level surface. Use every peg loop, guy rope and all the poles that its supplied with to ensure the tent is set up as perfectly and symmetrical as possible (if you have your tent set up unevenly, or slouching in one area, as the canvas expands and contracts it can cause it to permanently favour that position.)

  2. 2. Grab a small hairspray bottle, fill it with water and on the inside of the canvas, spray water along all accessible seams for their entire length.

  3. 3. Once the inside is done, exit out, zip up all zips, doors and close all the windows.

  4. 4.Get a hose and set the nozzle to ‘shower’ (do not use a pressure hose or jet spray, this can damage the waterproofing treatment on the canvas) and begin generously showering down the entire length of the canvas being sure to give each seam a thorough dousing. You will notice at first the canvas will bead the water, but as time goes on it will start to soak in, especially in the seam areas. Continue this for 3-5 minutes or until the canvas is saturated.

  5. 5. Leave the tent as is to completely air dry.

  6. 6. Repeat this process another two times over a couple of days for best results, you should notice less and less leaking each time.

  7. 7. After wetting for the final time, inspect the inside of the canvas to see if it's watertight. If there is still water coming through, using a wax stick or candle, rub the area applying a thin coating of wax over the seam on the outside of that specific area.

RUNNING GEAR

What wheel bearing and seals do I need to use?

10 Inch Hub Tapered Axle (pre 2018)   
Inner BearingOuter BearingSeal
L68149 Cone: L68110L44649 Cone: L44610473317 or W16823231
   
10 Inch Hub Parallel Axle (2018
onward) 
  
Inner BearingOuter BearingSeal
L68149 Cone: L68110L68149 Cone: L6811045 x 62 x 10
   
12 Inch Hub Tapered Axle (pre 2018)   
Inner BearingOuter BearingSeal
25580 Cone: 2552015123 Cone: 15245W21233750
   
12 Inch Hub Parallel Axle (2018
onward) 
  
Inner BearingOuter BearingSeal
25590 Cone: 2552025590 Cone: 2552055 x 85 x 12

What stud pattern do my wheels use?

All MDC models use a 6 stud Toyota Land cruiser pattern (6x 139.7mm). Refer to your owners’ manual or draw-bar plate for torque settings

ELECTRICAL

Why won't my camper charge through the Anderson plug?

All MDC campers and caravans are fitted with 50A Anderson plugs to let your tow vehicle alternator charge the MDC battery, if you’re not getting charge through these means check the following before calling for assistance:

Loose connection? – Anderson plugs can only be connected one way but can require some force to be fully connected (especially when weathered over time). Be sure that the plug ‘clicks’ into the locked position whenever you are connecting up. Has a circuit breaker tripped? – All electrical circuits are protected by circuit breakers if power surges or shorts out, refer to your owners’ manual for information and location of breakers on your MDC.
Does your tow vehicle have a ‘Smart’ alternator? – Modern vehicles are fitted with ‘smart’ alternators that have electronic controllers that detect the charge of the vehicle battery and will automatically reduce the amount of power they produce (they can even turn off completely) and you may need to ‘tell’ your alternator that you have an auxiliary battery that you want to to charge. If your MDC has a DC to DC charger fitted the blue trigger wire needs to be connected via the trailer plug to the tow vehicle and supplied power engine is running. If the trailer isn't fitted with a DC to DC charger, one may have to be installed. If you not sure if you have a smart alternator, please contact your tow vehicle dealer or an auto electrician.

My batteries aren't working. Do they need to be replaced?

Unless your batteries are over 3-5 years old, it is likely they are simply discharged and can be charged up. All MDC campers and caravans came fitted with 240V battery chargers (for charging with direct mains power from your home) and Anderson plugs (for charging from your tow vehicle). Select models will also have DC-DC chargers for use with on-board solar panels and charging via 12-pin towing plugs. It is always recommended to use the provided charger and when possible use 240V charger to keep the batteries topped up.

Refer to your equipment manuals for how to operate the charger and troubleshoot any issues. If you are still having trouble, contact us for further information.

I have no power in my MDC USA. What do I do?

Most of the equipment in your MDC (lights, USB ports, TV’s and Hot Water Systems) operate off 12V power supplied by your on-board batteries. Just like your home these power systems have a main isolator switch and auxiliary switches, so your batteries don’t constantly run flat trying to power everything that is plugged in. If you are not getting any power, try checking the following before calling for assistance:

  • Is power turned on? – check the main isolator switch and the lower auxiliary switches to ensure that the circuit for the thing your trying to use is open, you will find these on the main electrical panel (refer to your owners’ manual for panel location)

  • Are your batteries charged? – Flat batteries can be common, particularly if you have stored your MDC USA without putting it on charge. Even when nothing is turned on or plugged in, AGM batteries will slowly discharge due to ‘residual current’ that sits in the electrical wiring. Even a disconnected batteries terminal will eventually ionise the surrounding air and lose their charge.

  • Has a circuit breaker tripped? – All electrical circuits are protected by circuit breakers if power surges or shorts out, refer to your owners’ manual for information and location of breakers on your MDC USA

  • Is everything connected properly? – sometime a loss of power can be simply from a loose terminal or broken wire, after an off-road adventure, things can jiggle loose from time to time. Visually inspect all terminals and connections to see if this is the problem.

What type of battery does my MDC USA use?

All MDC campers and caravans (and most RV's in general) utilise AGM or ‘Absorbent Glass Mat’ batteries. Also commonly known as ‘Deep Cycle’ or ‘Marine’ Batteries, AGM batteries are sealed batteries with a very low internal resistance, this means that they have a relatively long service life, offer quick recharge times and can ‘deep cycle’ allowing a depth of discharge as far as 80%.

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